German police hunt lockdown rule-breakers

At Berlin's Ostkreuz commuter train station, police scanned the crowds and spoke to people who were not wearing face masks.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and state leaders agreed last week to an emergency month-long lockdown that includes closing dining establishments, gyms and theatres to reverse a spike in coronavirus cases that risks overwhelming hospitals.

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said last week federal police would first be used in big cities and areas most severely hit by the pandemic.